As a Christian school, we worked together as a team involving, pupils, staff, governors and parents to choose the following six Christian values representative of our Church of England school. Our Christian values inform every aspect of our school community life, and are embedded in all our policies.
Our Reverend from St. George’s Church, Wrotham (Reverend Edward Wright) regularly leads our worship to help us reinforce our understanding of each value as he shares stories from the Bible and reflects on what they mean for us in our every day life. Children have opportunities to plan, prepare and lead worship for the whole school through the school faith group, the Leading Lights and also as they organise worship at key points in the Christian calendar for the whole school community.
Each term we focus on a different Christian Value. This is done explicitly through our Collective Worship time and also throughout our curriculum. Children have regular opportunities to reflect on each value and to develop an understanding of the Value in action. Each Friday, in our Celebration Worship, we acknowledge children who have demonstrated these values.
‘Pay others the honour and respect you owe them’ (Romans 13:7, paraphrase).
‘Try to earn the respect of others’ (Romans 12:17, paraphrase).
‘Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters’ (Peter 2:17, ).
The ninth commandment: ‘Do not tell lies about others’ (Exodus 20:16, CEV).
‘It is better to be honest and poor than dishonest and rich.’ (Proverbs 16:8).
Joshua, when taking over from Moses in the Old Testament, hears God say:
‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go’ Joshua 1:9 (NIV).
‘I am Jesus. Don’t be afraid’ (Mark 6:50 and John 6:20).
‘Encourage anyone who feels left out; help all who are weak, and be patient with everyone… Be good to each other and to everyone else. Always be joyful and never stop praying’ (1 Thessalonians 5:14-18, CEV).
Jesus says in the Lord’s Prayer: ‘Forgive us for doing wrong, as we forgive others’ (Matthew 6:12, CEV).
David asks God to forgive him: ‘After David had everyone counted, he felt guilty and told the Lord, “What I did was stupid and terribly wrong. Lord, please forgive me”‘ (2 Samuel 24:10).
‘And so Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.’ ( Psalm 39:7).
‘Hope is coupled with faith and love as one of the three most enduring gifts of the Spirit.’ (1 Corinthians 13:13).
The vision is deeply Christian, with the promise by Jesus of ‘life in all its fullness’ at its heart.